In good news for Tasmanian foodies, it's full steam ahead for two summer staples.
After a COVID-19 induced hiatus, and a small return in a boutique form, Launceston's Festivale is well on track with planning for the 2022 edition.
Festivale committee chairman David Dunn said he and the committee were excited about how planning was progressing - with the event locked in for February 4,5 and 6.
"It's always going to be moving goalposts up until we get much further down the track ... but at this point in time our plans are where they normally would be for a normal year," he said.
"Our stallholder applications have been open and have just recently closed, we've got a weekend locked away in the next few weeks to go through those.
"We're working closely with the government, and we're working through the first draft of our COVID safety plan, hoping to submit that to government by the end of next week."
The festival is planning for no more than 10,000 people in City Park per day - in line with numbers from years past for the Friday and Sunday events, but slightly lower for the popular Saturday session - with pre-purchased tickets recommended.
Festivale may also see slightly less stallholders due to spacing - with plans to open up picnic areas, more reserved seating and more children's activities.
"The committee have got everything crossed," Mr Dunn said.
"Our entertainment lineup is well underway, being put together and locked away, especially our headliners, and we're starting negotiations with guest chefs."
Mr Dunn said the committee were thrilled to see news that the Taste festival will return to Hobart in a different form at the end of the year.
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"It gives us a lot of confidence," he said.
"For that sort of an announcement to be made then I think there's a lot of confidence within government and health that events can come back.
"We really are planning that we'll be back there, very much almost 100 per cent as we have been - we just hope now that Tassie keeps going the way we have done and we can bring events back as soon as we can."
After being cancelled by the City of Hobart in 2020, and no longer owned by the council, the Taste of Tasmania festival is set to return - with new organisers and a new name.
Now the Taste of Summer festival, it's set to go ahead at Hobart's Princes Wharf 1 from December 28 to January 3.
Jarrod Nation, chair of consortium Pinpoint who is putting together the festival, said this year's event would be the most Tasmanian Taste ever, with organisers promising to use the event to support producers, suppliers, stallholders and artists from around the state - a celebration of Tasmania.
One change to the event is a ticket price - yet to be determined - in order to enter.
"We want the Taste back for good, so we need to put it on a sustainable footing," he said.
"While the Tasmanian Government and the Hobart City Council have been very supportive, we can't expect taxpayers and ratepayers to foot the entire bill.
"I think most people would agree that an entry price is a sensible and fair way to share the cost of running the Taste.
"We are trying to keep the price as low as possible."
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